Cultural Agenda

Cultural Program

France-Atlanta is an annual event series, co-founded by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology, designed to foster transatlantic cooperation centered on innovation. The cultural program developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Antenna Atlanta and its American partners to foster creative exchange between artists and researchers on both site of the Atlantic, begins with the exhibition Mies van der Rohe at Georgia Tech.



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Lecture by Ivan Blasi | August 28 | 4:00pm-5:30pm | Georgia Tech | Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium: 245 4TH St NW Exhibition Opening |August 28 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Georgia Tech | Stubbins Gallery: 245 4TH St NW Lecture by BAST | October 23 | 4:00pm | Georgia Tech | Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium: 245 4TH St NW

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is granted every two years to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe.
The prestigious award went to the French Lacaton & Vassal architectes, Frédéric Druot Architecture, and Christophe Hutin Architecture for their Grand Parc Bordeaux transformation project of 530 apartments in France, and the French Toulouse-based BAST – Bureau Architectures Sans Titre won the ‘Emerging Architecture Prize‘ for their School Refectory in Montbrun-Bocage, a small village in Haute-Garonne, France. In collaboration with Georgia Tech School of Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the USA / Atlanta, we invite BAST in residence in Atlanta during which the team will  lead a workshop with architecture studio students and give a public talk on October 23.

The EU Mies van der Rohe Award was launched in 1988 and for over 30 years has created a network that has scanned and interpreted the construction of the European territory, composed of an emulsion of natural and cultural, vernacular and canonical, traditional and artificial elements. During the exhibition opening, Ivan Blasi, curator of Prizes and Programming at the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, will give a public lecture about the finalists and shortlisted projects of the 2019 Eu Mies Award, in the European cultural, political, and architectural contexts, from its beginnings in 1988 until now.

All events are free and open to the public


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The Breman Museum 1440 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 September 15th - December 30, 2019

The Breman Museum, Midtown Atlanta presents Henri Dauman Looking Up. Iconic Photography that Defined the 20th Century opening September 15th on display through December 30, 2019.

Henri Dauman’s photography documents some of the most important events and personalities of the 20th century, from the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, to Buddhist priests in Vietnam and the Castro revolution. His images capture the American experience during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. This Holocaust survivor and self-taught photographer produced iconic images for the covers of Time, Life Magazine and various other publications.

Born in France, Dauman was only 9 when his father was taken by the Nazis to the Auschwitz concentration camp where he died that same year. Dauman and his mother escaped and hid for several years. His mother died when he was 14 leaving him an orphan. At 17 he was invited to New York City by his uncle.

Henri Dauman’s photographs were recently featured in Paris, and in KP Projects Gallery, Los Angeles where photographs are available for purchase.

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A series of films in presence of Gwenola Wagon & Pierre Cassou-Noguès September 26, 7pm Ferst Center For The Arts 349 Ferst Drive Northwest Atlanta, GA 30332 United States

Welcome to Erewhon is a loose adaptation of a philosophical fable published in 1872 by the British writer Samuel Butler. In the fictional city of Erewhon, automation is considered as an evolution of the “machine” species comparable to the evolution of biological species, but at a faster pace. This hypothesis governs the habits and inhabitants, to the smallest aspects of their lives. Humans, animals, and plants are linked in a cloud that processes all mental matter. Algorithms can give voice to the dead. This is how the spirit of Samuel Butler can still circulate through images of the city.

Pierre Cassou-Noguès and Gwenola Wagon will introduce the project Welcome to Erewhon.

Pierre Cassou-Noguès , philosopher and professor at Paris 8 University, is the author of several books which combine philosophy and fiction as Les Rêves cybernétiques de Norbert Wiener (Seuil, 2014). His last book Technofictions (Cerf, 2019), investigates through eight short stories the various ways in which technology presently transforms our forms of life.

Gwenola Wagon,artist and assistant professor at Paris 8 University, has produced numerous sounds and moving image installations in France and abroad including Globodrome, Cyborgs dans la brume and World Brain co-directed with Stephane Degoutin.

This event is co-organized by the Cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Office of the Arts at Georgia Tech. Co-production: CNC - Dicréam, Jeu de Paume, with the support from Artec, ANR, Laboratoire TEAMeD, Université Paris 8.

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SCAD Museum of Art, Jewel Boxes Savannah, GA 601 Turner Blvd. Thursday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020

Barontini’s work complements the Frederik Douglass exhibition while remaining wholly its own experience.

SCAD Museum of Art presents "The Golden March," a new public art commission and the first museum solo exhibition in the U.S. by Raphaël Barontini, an artist known for his dynamic installations that subvert visual tropes and iconographies. Barontini’s works are mostly fiber-based, and he creates images by layering screen prints and paintings, fashioning fantastical environments that evoke pageantry and ceremony. The artist explores ritualized celebration forms espoused by the African Diaspora and offers an ongoing interrogation and challenge to colonial iconographies. A recent body of work by the artist set out to bring attention to black hero figures in French history.
Barontini mines historical art references and visual systems to make new, surprising images that explore issues of representation and race. He establishes new contexts for images culled from African and European art, and in the process engages topics that critique colonialism and oppressive regimes. Tracing a personal lineage from Réunion Island to the Caribbean to Paris, Barontini is influenced by processes of creolization and hybridity and the philosophies of Caribbean thinkers, such as Édouard Glissant.

Additional funding for the exhibition is provided by Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation.


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Curated by Anne-Marie Duguet - Peter Campus Potter Gallery at Secca | Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

American artist Peter Campus (born in 1937 in New York) is one of the most influential pioneers of video art, along with artists like Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas, Vito Acconci and Bill Viola.Throughout his career, Peter Campus has produced videos, installations, and a large body of photographic work. In his recent video work, he makes use of digital techniques to work on the image, pixel by pixel, rather like a painter. Using an extremely high-definition digital camera, Peter Campus pursues his current work. A large number of his works are featured in some of the world’s greatest contemporary art museums.

The exhibition "video ergo sum” curated by Anne-Marie Duguet retraces the artist’s career, starting with the experimental video art from the 1970s to his more recent video production.
Curator Anne-Marie Duguet trained in the sociology of art, writer and critic Anne-Marie Duguet has taught theater and sociology of television at the University of Paris 1, where she is now assistant professor in the Arts Department and directs the Center for Research on Film and Audiovisual Arts. She also teaches the aesthetics of electronic and computer images. After creating a video workshop in 1973, she began specializing in video in the late 1970s and was a member of the editorial board of Vidéoglyphes from 1979 to 1981.

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June 21–September 29, 2019 at Frist Art Museum Nashville, TN

Featuring works by Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning, and more, this exhibition explores the Surrealists’ portrayals of monsters, fragmented bodies, and other depictions of the grotesque as metaphors for the destabilizing consequences of war and psychological fears and fantasies of unbridled power.

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The museum’s director called the collection — 24 paintings by Monet, Matisse, Renoir and others — a “godsend.”

A sweeping collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works will soon be on display at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, which recently received one of the most significant gifts of European art in its history.
The 24 paintings — with scenes of boats reflected on the water, serene grassy hideaways and rocky cliffs that are rendered in dreamlike pastel shades — come from a dozen notable artists, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri Matisse.

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On View June 22, 2019 - September 22, 2019 at Hunter Museum Chattanooga

One of America’s leading modern artists, painter William Glackens (1870-1938) had a keen interest in the work of French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919) that has long been recognized.

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Kendeda Building, Georgia Tech September 27, 2019 · 9 AM - 6 PM

The Global Climate Action Symposium will bring together a wide range of experts to showcase climate change engagement by local student activists, scientists and engineers, business and policy experts, and artists. Jointly sponsored by Georgia Tech and six European consulates during European Climate Diplomacy Week, the event will be held in the brand new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, where guests can learn about how the building will produce more energy than it uses, collect and recycle water for its operations, and promote a just and equitable world.

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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and FACE Foundation are pleased to announce that the new 2019 FACE Contemporary Theater and French U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED) program guidelines and application are now available online.

The 2019 application call for projects for FACE Contemporary Theater is now open.

American and French institutions can now apply for theater projects (residency, production and tour) Deadline for applications: February 15, 2019 for projects taking place between June 1st, 2019 and August 31, 2020

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The Book Department of the French Embassy in New York offers financial support to American institutions wishing to host French authors for readings, signings, and symposia. We collaborate with universities, libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, and other venues across the United States to organize events with visiting authors.

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The Book Department of the Cultural Services works to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French works. We oversee three grant programs to help publishers and translators with acquisition of rights cost and translation cost.

The deadline for the next session is December 1, 2019.
(Expected date of printing: no sooner than September 2020 for this session.)

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YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA is a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French films with no US distribution to art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network, and American universities.

Young French Cinema offers a selection of today’s best French films and filmmakers. The program focuses specifically on rising talents from France, from high-profile independent works, to powerful documentaries and quirky discoveries. This program stands as proof that this young generation of contemporary French filmmakers is—more than ever—a genuine melting pot with a global vision and an amazing capacity to combine cultural influences. Across a wide range of subject matter, their work is innovative in both style and storytelling. Most of the films selected in this program have premiered in the US in one of the top US festivals, but do not currently have US distribution.

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